Statistical Modeling of F0 and Timing of Swiss German Dialects

Adrian Leemann, University of Berne
Beat Siebenhaar, University of Leipzig

This study examines the timing and fundamental frequency behavior of 40 Swiss German speakers from four different dialect regions. Prosodic behavior of each dialect is analyzed using statistical tests against the backdrop of detecting dialect-specific patterns as well as cross-dialectal differences. We find that variation in F0 as well as in timing is vast across the dialects, with one of the dialects, the Southwestern Alpine variety, exhibiting particularly salient F0 and timing features. The results largely confirm earlier impressionistic observations on this unexplored topic of Swiss German prosody.